Sunday, February 12, 2012

Gameday Preview: Stars at Hamilton Bulldogs

Texas Stars
21-23-2-2, 46 pts
#14 Western Conference
atHamilton Bulldogs
20-23-1-4, 45 pts
#15 Western Conference
February 12th at 2:00 PM
COpps Coliseum, Hamilton, ON

After Friday's thumping, the Stars face the only team below them in the standings this afternoon. The Hamilton Bulldogs have had a rough season. Montreal has had a less than expected season, with their coach on the ropes and eventually getting fired as playoff hopes ran dry.

The game in Rochester was completely forgettable, but really the past two game set shouldn't be forgotten for Texas as it seems to typify the season as a whole. After getting down early in both games, Texas was consistently inconsistent. In both games, they came back to tie things. On Wednesday, they tacked on three more; on Friday, they allowed six more. Playoffs clubs make it to the playoffs because they have consistency. It's something that the Stars have suffered with all season long.

As to the Bulldogs, the biggest memories of the Dogs come from the 2010 playoffs, when Texas beat Hamilton in seven games to go to the Calder Cup Finals. Not too many players remain from those two teams on the current rosters, but one will be in a different jersey tonight as Garrett Stafford now laces them up for the Canadiens org and leads all defenseman with five goals and eighteen points. Among active skaters, Andreas Engqvist and Brian Willsie lead up front.

In nets, Hamilton features the two headed tandem of Nathan Lawson (12-13-3, 2.72 GAA, .910 SV%) and Robert Mayer (7-11-1, 3.16 GAA, .900 SV%).

Stars injury/call up report:
Sawada, Labrie (injury)
Larsen, Vincour (call up)

Website: hamiltonbulldogs.com
Twitter: @dogsplaybyplay

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